Contemporary Cosmopolitanism is the first, much-needed, introduction to contemporary political cosmopolitanism. Although it has its roots in classical philosophy and politics, Cosmopolitanism has undergone a major revival in the last forty years, stirring far-reaching and intense international debates.
Cosmopolitanism is a way of thought and life which entails an identification of the individual with the whole humankind, and implies a moral obligation to promote social and political justice at the global level. Contemporary cosmopolitanism reflects a global state that is already in itself highly cosmopolitan, and represents an attempt to solve the new problems raised by this situation, to reappraise a number of traditional conceptual categories in the light of changes having already occurred or that are still taking place, to develop new ones, as well as to encourage and guide political-institutional reform projects.
Taraborrelli provides clear descriptions of the three main forms of contemporary cosmopolitanism – moral, political-legal and cultural – described through the thought of various figures representative of the more significant approaches: Appiah, Archibugi, Beitz, Benhabib, Bhabha, Held, Kaldor, Nussbaum, Pogge, Sousa Santos. This book provides a sound and comprehensive basis for the study of cosmopolitanism, ideal as a starting point for the discussion of issues of widespread interest such as human rights, global justice, migration, multiculturalism.
About the Author
Angela Taraborrelli, formerly Adjunct Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Sapienza-University of Rome, is with the Department of Humanities, Social Science and Cultural Heritage of the Italian National Research Council, Italy. Her research spans modern and contemporary political philosophy. She has also written another book on cosmopolitanism, Dal cittadino del mondo al mondo dei cittadini. Saggio su Kant (2004).
Table of Contents
1 Moral cosmopolitanism
1. Charles Beitz: state autonomy, international relations, and
3. Thomas Pogge: cosmopolitan responsibilities and reforms
4. Martha Nussbaum: cosmopolitanism and capabilities approach
5. Objections to moral cosmopolitanism
2 Political-legal cosmopolitanism
6. Mary Kaldor and the cosmopolitan civil society
7. David Held: the cosmopolitan social democracy
8. Daniele Archibugi and the global commonwealth of citizens
9. Seyla Benhabib: cosmopolitanism and just membership
10. Boaventura de Sousa Santos: subaltern cosmopolitanism
11. Objections to cosmopolitan democracy
3 Cultural cosmopolitanism
12. Cosmopolitanism concerning culture and self
13. Cultural cosmopolitanism from below
14. Anthony Kwame Appiah: rooted cosmopolitanism and cosmopolitan conversation
15. Homi Bhabha: vernacular cosmopolitanism